Low Plank

The Low Plank is an exercise that primarily targets the core muscles, including the abdominals, obliques, and lower back. It is a static exercise that involves holding a plank position with your body parallel to the ground and supported by your forearms and toes.

Here's how to perform the Low Plank:

  1. Start by positioning yourself on the floor facedown. Place your forearms on the ground, with your elbows directly beneath your shoulders and your fists facing forward.
  2. Extend your legs behind you, resting on your toes. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your heels.
  3. Engage your core muscles by drawing your belly button in toward your spine. This will help stabilize your body throughout the exercise.
  4. Press your forearms firmly into the ground and lift your body off the floor, maintaining the straight line from head to heels. Avoid letting your hips sag or lifting them too high.
  5. Keep your neck in a neutral position, aligning it with your spine. Avoid looking up or letting your head drop down.
  6. Hold the Low Plank position for the desired amount of time, focusing on maintaining proper form and engaging your core muscles.
  7. When you're ready to finish the exercise, lower your body back down to the starting position by gently lowering your knees and then your entire body to the floor.

Tips for performing the Low Plank:

  • Keep your body in a straight line throughout the exercise. Avoid allowing your hips to sag or lifting them too high, as this can strain your lower back.
  • Maintain a strong engagement of your core muscles by drawing your belly button in toward your spine.
  • Press your forearms firmly into the ground to provide stability and support.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears. Avoid shrugging or tensing them.
  • Breathe steadily and avoid holding your breath during the exercise.
  • Start with a manageable duration for your ability level and gradually increase the time as you build strength and endurance.
  • If you feel any discomfort or pain in your lower back, consider modifying the exercise or consulting with a fitness professional.
  • The Low Plank can be incorporated into your core workout routine or used as part of a full-body workout.
  • Listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort. It's important to maintain proper form to avoid injury and get the most out of the exercise.